2013 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles take a QB

Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

Check out our 2013 Eagles mock draft central for more opinions on who could be the #4 pick in April.

Well, it looks like we've finally got something new to talk about! If you've been following our mock draft database, you've seen that almost every Eagles projection has been one of 2 or 3 players. So today, we've got something new.

DraftTek, who does their drafts with a computer model that just matches up team needs with a prospect big board, has the Eagles taking Geno Smith with their top pick.

New regimes generally want to win with players that they chose to be there. So, who does new Head Coach Chip Kelly want at QB? Someone on the roster already? Or a rookie? To answer that it's best to know what Kelly likes from his QBs. A good idea can be gathered from this Philadelphia Daily News article . Kelly focuses on a QB's ability to get rid of the ball quickly, have large hands, evade pressure when absolutely necessary, and to not be sacked. Kelly really focuses on that last point, which is bad news for the "current roster" QBs. In 3 years as the Eagles' starter, Vick was sacked 85 times in 1146 attempts, or on ~7.4% of dropbacks. Foles is sacked ~7.6% of the time (20 sacks in 265 attempts). In 2012, Eli Manning was the "cleanest" QB, getting sacked on just ~3.5% of pass plays (min. 400 attempts). Geno Smith may be what Kelly needs. In addition to superb size and arm strength, Smith has shown the ability to avoid sacks. Similar to Manning, Smith was sacked on just ~3.7% of dropbacks as a Senior.

This is actually a 2 round mock draft, so we get another Eagles pick, CB Jordan Poyer.

The Eagles' defense was abysmal this past season, finishing 15th in yards allowed/game and, worse, 29th in points allowed/game. Blame can be distributed at every level of the D but the secondary was particularly bad. According to ProFootballFocus.com, Brandon Boykin was Philly's best CB in 2012. Not Asomugha. Not DRC. The Eagles were not getting a very good "bang for their buck". Change is coming. Rodgers-Cromartie is a Free Agent and not expected back. The same could be true for Nnamdi. His brief tenure in Philadelphia has been a huge failure and could end with his release or a trade. So who mans the secondary? Boykin clearly will get a shot to start. Marsh is also a name to keep an eye on. After that? Anderson is a Free Agent like DRC. Same goes for Hughes. Not only does the team need talent, they also need depth. Poyer had a tremendous Senior season for Oregon State, registering 7 INTs, 7 passes defensed, 50 tackles (5 for loss), and 2 sacks.

Here are the full 2 rounds of DraftTek's mock. Check out their site for the full explanations.

Pick Team Player
1 Kansas City Chiefs Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
2 Jacksonville Jaguars Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
3 Oakland Raiders Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
4 Philadelphia Eagles Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
5 Detroit Lions Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
6 Cleveland Browns Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon
7 Arizona Cardinals Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
8 Buffalo Bills Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
9 New York Jets Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU
10 Tennessee Titans Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
11 San Diego Chargers Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
12 Miami Dolphins Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
14 Carolina Panthers Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
15 New Orleans Saints Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
16 St. Louis Rams Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
18 Dallas Cowboys Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
19 New York Giants Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
20 Chicago Bears Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame
21 Cincinnati Bengals Eric Reid, S, LSU
22 St. Louis Rams (from WAS) Keenan Allen, WR, California
23 Minnesota Vikings Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
24 Indianapolis Colts D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
25 Seattle Seahawks Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida
26 Green Bay Packers John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
27 Houston Texans Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
28 Denver Broncos Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
29 New England Patriots Johnathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
30 Atlanta Falcons Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
31 San Francisco 49ers Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
32 Baltimore Ravens Lane Johnson, LT, Oklahoma
Second Round
33 Jacksonville Jaguars Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
34 Kansas City Chiefs Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
35 Philadelphia Eagles Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
36 Detroit Lions Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
37 Cincinnati Bengals Giovanni Bernard, RB, North Carolina
38 Arizona Cardinals Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (OH)
39 New York Jets Larry Warford, OB, Kentucky
40 Tennessee Titans Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
41 Buffalo Bills Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
42 Miami Dolphins Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
43 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
44 Carolina Panthers Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
45 San Diego Chargers DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
46 St. Louis Rams Matt Elam, S, Florida
47 Dallas Cowboys Travis Frederick, OG, Wisconsin
48 Pittsburgh Steelers Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
49 New York Giants Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
50 Chicago Bears Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
51 Washington Redskins Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State
52 Minnesota Vikings Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
53 Cincinnati Bengals David Amerson, CB, NC State
54 Miami Dolphins Barrett Jones, OG, Alabama
55 Green Bay Packers Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
56 Seattle Seahawks Robert Woods, WR, USC
57 Houston Texans Tavarres King, WR, Georgia
58 Denver Broncos Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
59 New England Patriots Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
60 Atlanta Falcons Malliciah Goodman, DE, Clemson
61 San Francisco 49ers Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma
62 Baltimore Ravens Michael Buchanan, LB, Illinois
63 San Francisco 49ers Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
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